Walsall Council has begun their second stage of consultation named "Preferred Options" for vital plans that will determine the future of Walsall by 2026!
They are inviting the opinions of you, the local residents, over the next 6 weeks up until Monday 2nd November.
So what are the plans?
Walsall Site Allocation Document -
The Council has proposed an allocation for homes for our communities, employment and other land uses such as public open spaces.
The Site Allocation Document will show all this in addition to areas that should be protected, including the Green Belt. The document will cover all of the borough except for town and district centres.
The Council is seeking your views on these proposals and on how they have chosen them.
Walsall Town Centre Area Action Plan -
This will feature sites which the Council has proposed to allocate in the Town Centre for new shops, leisure facilities and offices. This is in addition to improvements to other aspects such as transport, design and the environment.
The Council is seeking your opinion on these proposals and on how they have chosen them.
Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) -
The Council is consulting on a 'Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule' for the Community Infrastructure Levy. This is a tariff based system to enable funds to be received from new development and re-invested into borough infrastructure such as open space, health, education and transport.
This consultation document sets out the rates at which CIL might be charged on some types of development and seeks your views.
How to View These Documents & Get Involved?
All Council consultation documents are available to view and download online at:
As well as paper copies of the main documents being available to view in your local library and at the First Stop Shop in Walsall Civic Centre, Darwall Street.
In order for your views to be formally taken into account by the Council, they must be submitted in writing and forms will be made available for you to give them your comments.
The Council will also be making appearances at a number of events during this consultation period where you'll be able to talk to them about the plans -
Walsall Town Centre Market Stall (Discussing All Documents) - Friday 2nd October 2015 (Daytime), Walsall Market. No need to register to attend just go along to find out more about the plans.
Community Infrastructure Levy Event - Friday 9th October 2015, 10am-12pm at Council House, Walsall Council, Lichfield Street. You will need to register to attend by contacting the Council on 01922 658020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Site Allocation Document & Town Centre Area Action Plan Event - Friday 9th October 2015, drop in sessions at 2pm to 4pm and 5pm to 7pm at Council House, Walsall Council, Lichfield Street. No need to register just turn up to one of the drop in sessions.
Also the Council will be arranging more events across the borough during this period and details of these will be published at www.walsall.gov.uk/planning_2026
If you wish to contact Walsall Council's Planning Policy Team with any queries then here are their details below:
Telephone: 01922 658020
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